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V. Donington 50.000

Donington Park National Circuit, Derby, Great-Britain

Date: 26/6/1983
Track length: 3.149 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted: 29
Starters: 26
Finishers: 18

Pole position: Allam in 1.20,41
Fastest lap: Allam in 1.21,29 = 136,28 kmh

Distance: 25 laps
Average speed: 136,10 kmh (?)
Weather:
Ruleset: Group A
Car info: 1983 Cars

 

Peter Lovett won the seventh round of the Trimoco British Group A series at Donington Park last Saturday, part of the supporting programme to the European F2 race. Lovett was the only survivor from the works Rover camp, and inherited the lead just over halfway through the 25 lap event when team-mate Jeff Allam was forced out with wheel trouble, having led from the start. Third works Rover pilot Steve Soper was forced out on the warm up lap, and so it was left to Frank Sytner's BMW 635 CSi to provide Lovett's main opposition. Sytner, however, was never close enough to mount a serious challenge. Showing an improvement on its early season form, Tony Lanfranchi's Opel Monza ran reliably into third place, some way ahead of a class-winning (again) Andy Rouse. The Class C battle provided a few fireworks, John Morris taking the spoils after Alan Minshaw relinquished his class lead with a spin. A touch more acrimony appeared during practice on Friday, when the BMW team protested the works Rovers over the size of their rear wheel arch inserts. The result of this little matter should hopefully be resolved within the next seven days or so. Here's hoping... (MN)


Touring Cars class A-C
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
DSQ 1 3 Team Sanyo Racing with Esso
Rover Vitesse
Pete Lovett, GB
3532 V8 A 25 laps, 34.42,87 2 1.20,70   Disq: Technical infringements
2 2 19 Grace International Racing
BMW 635 CSi
Frank Sytner, GB
3475 L6 A 25 laps, 34.44,10 3 1.20,8    
3 3 11 GM Dealer Sport
Opel Monza 3.0E
Tony Lanfranchi, GB
2998 L6 A 25 laps, 35.22,06 8 1.22,94    
4 1 34 Industrial Control Services Ltd.
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV/6
Andy Rouse, GB
2491 V6 B 25 laps, 35.38,87 6 1.22,36 1.23,84  
5 2 35 Unipart with Daily Express
MG Metro Turbo
Tony Pond, GB
1275 tc L4 B 25 laps, 35.58,21 5 1.21,28    
6 3 30  
Mazda RX-7
Hamish Irvine, GB
2 x 573 R2 B 25 laps, 36.00,00 11 1.23,84    
7 4 9 Burlington Wallcoverings Ltd.
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Mike Newman, GB
2993 V6 A 25 laps, 36.03,96 12 1.23,87    
8 5 10 Equipe Esso / Daily Mirror
Rover Vitesse
Charles Sawyer-Hoare, GB
3532 V8 A 25 laps, 36.10,36 9 1.23,09    
9 6 6  
Rover Vitesse
Dennis Leech, GB
3532 V8 A 24 7 1.22,61    
10 1 60 Volkswagen Sport
VW Scirocco GTI
John Morris, GB
1588 L4 C 24 13 1.24,91 1.26,11  
11 2 72 LLoyds of Stafford
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Rob Hall, GB
1598 L4 C 24 15 1.25,42    
12 3 86 Demon Tweeks Racing
VW Golf GTI
Alan Minshaw, GB
1588 L4 C 24 14 1.25,26    
13 4 66 Royal Mail Datapost
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Alan Curnow, GB
1598 L4 C 24 18 1.25,83    
14 5 83 Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti
Rob Kirby, GB
1498 B4 C 24 23 1.27,77    
15 6 74  
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Lionel Abbott, GB
1598 L4 C 24 21 1.26,67    
16 7 18 Team Colt Cars Mid-West
Mitsubishi Starion Turbo A183
Dave Brodie, GB
1998 tc L4 A 24 20 1.26,06    
17 7 67 Ordibell UK Ltd.
VW Golf GTI
Alan Greenhalgh, GB
1588 L4 C 23 22 1.27,43    
18 8 87 RZ Racing
Toyota Corolla GT
Geoff Kimber-Smith, GB
1588 L4 C 23 26 1.30,93    
DNF   4 Hepolite Glacier Racing with Esso
Rover Vitesse
Steve Soper, GB
3532 V8 A   4 1.21,24   Blown engine on warmup lap
DNF   77 Royal Mail Datapost
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Richard Longman, GB
1598 L4 C 3 17 1.25,61   Engine mounting
DNF   78 Unipart with Daily Express
MG Metro
Patrick Watts, GB
1275 L4 C 5 24 1.29,10   Accident damage (oil cooler)
DNF   84 Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team with Hampshires of Dorking
Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti
Andrew Thorpe, GB
1498 B4 C 5 25 1.29,75   Accident damage (tire)
DNF   12 Graham Goode Racing
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Graham Goode, GB
2993 V6 A 12 16 1.25,43   Oil pressure
DNF   2 Team Sanyo Racing with Esso
Rover Vitesse
Jeff Allam, GB
3532 V8 A 15 1 1.20,41 1.21,29 Wheel hub
DNF   31 Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV/6
Jon Dooley, GB
2491 V6 B 23 10 1.23,37   Blown engine
DNF   69 Brooklyn Motorsport
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Chris Hodgetts, GB
1598 L4 C   19 1.25,84   Head gasket
DNS   70 Julian May Racing
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Jock Robertson, GB
1598 L4 C   27 1.34,60   Oil pressure